Jo: Having a tough start to breastfeeding Primrose made me determined to get things right from the outset with Wilf. Almost two years of research and time spent in Facebook support groups and the La Leche League meant I was far more knowledgeable than I was first time around. In the hours after he was … More Everything You Need To Know About Tongue Tie
As some of you will remember, I had Primrose at our local Birth Centre, also known as a Midwife Led Unit (MLU). I really wanted a homebirth but, as we live in a boarding school and she was due in term time, I felt that the MLU was the right choice for us at the … More Don’t Call Me Crazy: A Beginner’s Guide to Homebirth.
Jo used to work with Sam, and they were due within weeks of each other. Having someone to chat all things pregnancy with was brilliant, but Sam had the added hurdle of managing Gestational Diabetes – something neither of them had much awareness of prior to pregnancy. Here, Sam writes frankly about her experience and … More How it Feels: Gestational Diabetes (GD)
We were absolutely gutted when our local Breastfeeding Café closed down recently. This was due to – you guessed it – Public Health funding cuts. Jo saw Ros McFadden at the Café when Primrose was 4.5 months old and anxious over slow weight gain. It was a lightbulb moment – she left feeling reassured and far more confident. At … More WBW2017: The Brand New Breastfeeding Hub app
Having followed Milli Hill and The Positive Birth Movement online for quite some time, I was incredibly excited about the release of this, her first book, and it didn’t disappoint. I can’t imagine there’s a single pregnant woman who won’t benefit from reading The Positive Birth Book (available from Pinter & Martin and other good … More Review: The Positive Birth Book
Hands up if, like us, your knowledge of diabetes (in all its different guises) is limited. Well, it’s currently Diabetes Week, so now’s your opportunity to understand it a little better. This incredible guest post will be split over two nights, with the second instalment due to be posted on Sunday evening. Mother Sider Claire … More How it Feels: A baby with Type 1 Diabetes (Part 1)
One of the reasons frequently cited by women for considering giving up breastfeeding is, “It means my partner can share the feeds.” Sometimes, this is a mutual decision but, often, the pressure comes from the baby’s father… It’s understandable, given the portrayal of babies in films and on television. Rarely are women seen breastfeeding unless … More To the partner of a new, breastfeeding mama.
This Tuesday is World Rare Disease Day. It’s a poignant one for my family and many others… From a young age, I’ve known that there was a possibility of me carrying Pelizaeus Merzbacher Disease (PMD), the condition that means the sufferer has no myelin that caused both my uncle and my brother to pass away in infancy. Similar … More 28.02.2017 World Rare Disease Day: Our Genetics Journey, Part 1.
Here at The Mother Side, we are both still breastfeeding. As the girls are now over a year old, this is classed as ‘extended breastfeeding’. We’re not sure why it needs this label – things don’t suddenly change after a year, and both the NHS and the WHO recommend feeding to two years (and beyond). … More Things *not* to say to a breastfeeding mama…